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Word from the Mayor

As we work through recovery in Napier, and in the wider Hawke’s Bay region, there’s a whakatauki that really resonates with me: Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini – Success is not the work of an individual, but the work of many.

When I look around at the amount of work ahead of us in the
recovery space, I am encouraged to see it rests on the shoulders of many.

There is a lot to do and still a number of unknowns, but we
have many hands and many brains working on solutions. We are working alongside the other councils in Hawke’s Bay, mana whenua, affected communities, central government and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Recovery Agency to move forward on our road to recovery.

Each and every Napier City Councillor has a part to play. In order to contribute to the city’s recovery - as its governors - elected members have taken up a portfolio to actively oversee.

Through these portfolios councillors will support endeavours to keep strong links with our affected residents and their needs. This will be a two-way relationship. Listening to community, hearing their concerns, and feeding that into our work programmes and planning, especially our Long Term Plan, is an essential part of recovery.

You can find out more about the portfolios each councillor is responsible for inside this issue of Proudly Napier.

Many hands make light work in lots of areas of Council as part of our ‘business-as-usual’ too. At the Faraday Museum of Technology, helping hands include those of wonderful volunteers. It’s a treasure trove and a great place to spend time. If you know someone who’d like to get involved as a volunteer please get in touch with the Faraday.

There are many parts of Council that are bolstered by committees too that have representatives from our community. These include those living with disabilities, older people and youth through our Youth Council. This is a group of dynamic, engaged young people who work alongside us to ensure the voice of youth is heard loud and clear. It’s another example of the many people it takes to keep our beautiful city moving.

We also have special projects on-the-go that are made possible by the work of many, in a partnership between community, council and other agencies. These are projects like the War Memorial and the Carlyle St ‘Streets for People’ initiative. 

The work we do, the priorities we identify and the projects we bring to fruition are not our success alone, but the success of us all as a cohesive, collaborative and strong community, that wants the best for our people and for future generations.


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